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LIFE PROGRAM from EQUUS (Wisconsin Works W-2)

EQUUS Wisconsin Works (W-2) is administering the Living Independently through Financial Empowerment (LIFE) program provides temporary assistance to families whose safety is at risk due to domestic violence. LIFE helps families be financially empowered to live independent, violence-free lives by providing up to three months of cash payments to participants ($1,500 in month one and $1,000 in months two and three).

This program is available starting this Wednesday, November 17th.

EQUUS W-2 services the following six county region:

  • Kenosha

  • Racine

  • Balance counties (Walworth, Waukesha, Ozaukee, Washington)

Applicants for the LIFE program must meet the following criteria:

  • Experiencing a domestic violence situation in the form of verbal, emotional, physical, or sexual violence, stalking, and/or controlling behaviors and have left or intend to leave the situation;

  • A custodial or non-custodial parent to one or more children under the age of 18 -OR- currently pregnant;

  • 18 years of age or older;

  • A U.S. citizen or qualified non-citizen

  • A resident of Wisconsin (unless the applicant is a migrant worker); and

  • Currently receiving or has received another public benefit at some point in the prior 12 calendar months -OR- have income at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL).

  • Public benefits include: FoodShare Wisconsin, Wisconsin Works (W-2), Wisconsin Shares Childcare Subsidy Program, Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP), BadgerCare Plus or Medicaid, Emergency Assistance (EA), Women, Infant and Children (WIC) Program, Public Housing Subsidy or Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8), Job Access Loan (JAL), Transitional Jobs (TJ) or Transform Milwaukee Jobs (TMJ), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Free and Reduced Lunch, Head Start.


Walworth, Waukesha, Ozaukee, Washington Counties ........


Kenosha County ........


Racine County ........

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